Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Strong Support For School Speed Zones

24 January 2001

Special trial speed zones at five Christchurch schools have received the thumbs up.

A year on from the introduction of the 40km/h part-time trial school speed zones there is strong support for them from the school communities where they are located.

A Christchurch City Council survey to evaluate what people think of the effectiveness of the school speed zones has so far received replies from parents at the five participating schools and from nearby residents. They show that most people find the school speed zones have raised their awareness of school children (66 per cent) and have increased child safety (69 per cent).

Large numbers of respondents also thought the school speed zones to be a good idea (96 per cent), and would like to see them at more schools (92 per cent).

Most people also say they drive at or below 40km/h when the school speed zone is active (77 per cent). Those replying to the survey say they have noticed lower vehicle speeds since the school speed zones have come into affect (84 per cent).

"Comments we are getting show strong support for the school speed zones, with people saying they want to see them extended", said council Safe Routes To School Coordinator Paul Cottam, today.

"Drivers are saying that they do not mind the temporary speed restrictions before and after school, as they can see the importance of child road safety," he said.

To assist with the police "Back to School" enforcement campaign at the five school speed zones, the council will have its static speed trailer operating. "The trailer will display passing vehicle speeds and, if vehicles are over the limit, show how much they could be fined," Mr Cottam said.

The enforcement campaign will run from 30 January to 9 February. A sample of the general motoring public of Christchurch will be surveyed in February, through the Automobile Association's Directions magazine. A full evaluation report will then be produced. The Land Transport Safety Authority has measured the vehicle speeds at the school speed zone locations and the results are expected to be available soon. Trial schools involved are Belfast, Bishopdale, Harewood, Halswell and Branston Intermediate.

Christchurch City Council http://www.ccc.govt.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election